By volunteering you will be making a significant contribution to the local environment as well gaining rewards for yourself.

Last year local volunteers gave over 1,647 days of work to local nature reserves, woodlands and open spaces. In financial terms, this fantastic contribution was worth over £115,290.

Why volunteer?

By giving your time, you can:

  • Take part in many rural activities
  • Discover new places you might not have visited before
  • Get some exercise in the fresh air
  • Help us keep check on local wildlife populations
  • Meet new friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Make a very positive contribution to local wildlife conservation.


Volunteer tasks

Popular tasks include coppicing, tree planting, scrub and grassland management, hedge laying and fencing.  Or you can volunteer to lead guided walks, help us survey important local wildlife species or be a Tree Warden. 

Here are a few of the jobs done recently on our nature reserves:

  • Butterfly surveys at Danesbury, Mardley Heath, Northaw Great Wood and Sherrardspark Wood
  • Hedge laying at Danesbury
  • Planting oak seedlings in Sherrardspark Wood
  • Ride restoration at Northaw Great Wood
  • Creation of dormouse habitat at The Commons
  • Construction of silt traps at Singlers Marsh 
  • Glade creation at Mardley Heath
  • Rubbish clearance at Howe Dell in Hatfield


Volunteering dates

 Nature Reserve

 Volunteering Days

 Northaw Great Wood  

 First Sunday of each month and every Friday morning  

 The Commons

 Third Sunday of each month

 Sherrardspark Wood  

 Thursday and Sunday mornings throughout the year  


 Third Thursday of each month

 Mardley Heath

 Third Sunday of each month


Get in touch

It's up to you how much, or how little, you wish to be involved.  Please contact us if you would like to take a more active part in looking after our countryside.